2 Chronicles 29: Hezekiah
purifies the temple
Notes: This chapter
shows us Hezekiah preparing the priests and Levites to consecrate
the temple by large numbers of sacrifices.]
twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem
for twenty-nine years. His mother's name was Abijah daughter of
did what was right in the eyes of the Lord,
just as his father David had done.
He instructs the priests & Levites to consecrate the Temple
the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the
doors of the temple of the Lord
brought in the priests and the Levites, assembled them in the
square on the east side
said, ‘Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate
the temple of the Lord,
the God of your ancestors. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary.
parents were unfaithful; they did evil in the eyes of the Lord
our God and
forsook him. They turned their faces away from the Lord
and turned their backs on him.
also shut the doors of the portico and put out the lamps. They
did not burn incense or present any burnt offerings at the sanctuary
to the God of Israel.
the anger of the Lord
on Judah and Jerusalem; he has made them an object of dread and
horror and scorn, as you can see with your own eyes.
is why our fathers have fallen by the sword and why our sons and
daughters and our wives are in captivity.
I intend to make a covenant with the Lord
, the God of
Israel, so that his fierce anger will turn away from us.
sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord
you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him
and to burn incense.'
these Levites set to work:
son of Amasai and Joel son of Azariah;
son of Abdi and Azariah son of Jehallelel;
son of Zimmah and Eden son of Joah;
the descendants of Elizaphan,
the descendants of Asaph,
the descendants of Heman,
the descendants of Jeduthun,
They go about consecrating the Temple
they had assembled their fellow Levites and consecrated themselves,
they went in to purify the temple of the Lord
, as the king
had ordered, following the word of the Lord.
priests went into the sanctuary of the Lord
it. They brought out to the courtyard of the Lord's
temple everything unclean that they found in the temple of the
The Levites took it and carried it out to the Kidron Valley.
began the consecration on the first day of the first month, and
by the eighth day of the month they reached the portico of the
For eight more days they consecrated the temple of the Lord
on the sixteenth day of the first month.
They report back to Hezekiah
they went in to King Hezekiah and reported: ‘We have purified
the entire temple of the Lord,
the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the table
for setting out the consecrated bread, with all its articles.
have prepared and consecrated all the articles that King Ahaz
removed in his unfaithfulness while he was king. They are now
in front of the Lord's
The city leaders witness the sacrificies carried out by the priests
the next morning King Hezekiah gathered the city officials together
and went up to the temple of the Lord.
brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven male lambs and seven male
goats as a sin offering for the kingdom, for the sanctuary and
for Judah. The king commanded the priests, the descendants of
Aaron, to offer these on the altar of the Lord.
they slaughtered the bulls, and the priests took the blood and
splashed it against the altar; next they slaughtered the rams
and splashed their blood against the altar; then they slaughtered
the lambs and splashed their blood against the altar.
goats for the sin offering were brought before the king and the
assembly, and they laid their hands on them.
priests then slaughtered the goats and presented their blood on
the altar for a sin offering to atone for all Israel, because
the king had ordered the burnt offering and the sin offering for
He instructs the Levites to provide accompanying music
stationed the Levites in the temple of the Lord
harps and lyres in the way prescribed by David and Gad the king's
seer and Nathan the prophet; this was commanded by the Lord
the Levites stood ready with David's instruments, and the priests
with their trumpets.
gave the order to sacrifice the burnt offering on the altar. As
the offering began, singing to the Lord
accompanied by trumpets and the instruments of David king of Israel.
whole assembly bowed in worship, while the musicians played and
the trumpets sounded. All this continued until the sacrifice of
the burnt offering was completed.
the offerings were finished, the king and everyone present with
him knelt down and worshipped.
Hezekiah and his officials ordered the Levites to praise the Lord
with the words
of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness
and bowed down and worshipped.
The numbers of animals sacrificed
Hezekiah said, ‘You have now dedicated yourselves to the Lord
. Come and
bring sacrifices and thank-offerings to the temple of the Lord.'
So the assembly brought sacrifices and thank-offerings, and all
whose hearts were willing brought burnt offerings.
number of burnt offerings the assembly brought was seventy bulls,
a hundred rams and two hundred male lambs – all of them for
burnt offerings to the Lord.
animals consecrated as sacrifices amounted to six hundred bulls
and three thousand sheep and goats.
The Levites have to help the priests
priests, however, were too few to skin all the burnt offerings;
so their relatives the Levites helped them until the task was
finished and until other priests had been consecrated, for the
Levites had been more conscientious in consecrating themselves
than the priests had been.
were burnt offerings in abundance, together with the fat of the
fellowship offerings and the drink offerings that accompanied
the burnt offerings.
the service of the temple of the Lord
and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for
his people, because it was done so quickly.